Surfers to compete at world event

2016-09-15 06:00
Angelo Faulkner (15) and Joshé Faulkner (17) (third and second right) are jetting off to Portugal to compete in this year’s VISSLA ISA World Surfing Youth Championships. With them are Eastern Province Surfing Vice Chairperson Etienne Venter, Kouga LED, Tourism and Creative Industries Director Carleen Arends, TCI Portfolio Councillor Frances Baxter, artistic gymnast Ishmael Peterson (17), who will compete at the SA Champs in October and Kouga Sports Council Chairperson Johannes Jacobs.                                           Photo: SUPPLIED

Angelo Faulkner (15) and Joshé Faulkner (17) (third and second right) are jetting off to Portugal to compete in this year’s VISSLA ISA World Surfing Youth Championships. With them are Eastern Province Surfing Vice Chairperson Etienne Venter, Kouga LED, Tourism and Creative Industries Director Carleen Arends, TCI Portfolio Councillor Frances Baxter, artistic gymnast Ishmael Peterson (17), who will compete at the SA Champs in October and Kouga Sports Council Chairperson Johannes Jacobs. Photo: SUPPLIED

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THE Kouga flag will be flying high in the coming week as five youths from the area gun for international honours at a world surfing competition in Portugal.

Local surfers Joshé Faulkner (17), Angelo Faulkner (15), Kirsty McGillray (15), Kai Woolf (14), and Crystal Hulett (18) are part of Team South Africa’s ambitious hopes for a good medals haul at this year’s VISSLA International Surfing Association (ISA) World Surfing Youth Championships at the Azores Islands from September 17 to 25.

Joshé, a Grade 10 learner at the Jeffreys Bay High School, is doing his third trip to the competition, having represented the country for past two editions in Ecuador and California, respectively.

He finished sixth, his best, in last year’s event and hopes to do much better this time around.

“I want to be amongst the medalists this time. I’m going to do all I can and I believe I’ll bring home a medal with me,” he said.

The Kouga Sports Council and the Kouga Municipality bid farewell to the athletes at a press briefing held at the Shell Museum Complex on Friday where two of the surfers were present.

Tourism and Creative Industries Portfolio Councillor Frances Baxter said the municipality is proud of what the youngsters have achieved, especially considering their diverse backgrounds.

“This bears testimony to the abundance of talent that we have in Kouga and the stories of these youngsters will hopefully inspire their peers to strive for greatness in all that they do,” said Baxter.

Vice-chairman of Eastern Province Surfing and coach at the Jeffreys Bay Surfing School Etienne Venter believed the young surfers were real medal prospects at the international event and that they had an even greater future ahead of them.

“With proper guidance and coaching, they can be a real challenge for any of the world’s best competitors,” said Venter.

Trevor Watkins from the Kouga Sports Council said these athletes represented some of the best in Kouga and they wished them success at the global showpiece.

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